Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. 100
    While the PS2's levels are noticeably shorter than those of the Xbox version, their design hasn't changed and the overall gameplay remains completely intact, making this game a wonderful adventure within the Tom Clancy universe.
  2. 100
    With a gentler learning curve, an extra level, tweaked controls, and completely reworked cinemas, the PS2 version is the equal of its Xbox predecessor.
  3. GameNow
    100
    It's an uncomfortably tense, uncannily realistic stealth game that's arguably better than "Metal Gear Solid 2." [May 2003, p.47]
  4. Takes stealth action and realism to all new jaw-dropping heights in this game that’s just too good to pass up.
  5. The bar has been set and this will be the new standard to beat for all future stealth combat games.
  6. A game that not only redefines the stealth game genre, but a game that is destined to live on as a milestone in the evolution of gaming. What "Doom" did for the world of gaming in the early 90’s; Splinter Cell has done for the 00’s.
  7. 92
    Where the PS2 version really shines is in the control department. The controls become almost second nature after only a few minutes of running around.
  8. The control is top-notch. Some of the moves you do rely on very precise movements and you always feel that you are in total control.
  9. 91
    Do you want a more balanced game that plays better, is a little easier, has an extra level, and tells a better story [PS2 version], or the prettier, more difficult game that is a little less user-friendly, but has downloadable content [Xbox]? The choice is yours.
  10. Most obviously, the control system on the PS2 is far more intuitive and user friendly than the comparatively clunky original that suffered from a hateful inventory management system.
  11. PSM Magazine
    90
    Hyper realistic, intense, and packed with awesome gadgets. Not as polished as "MGS2," but the core gameplay is more involving. [May 2003, p.30]
  12. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    90
    It may well be the best-looking PS2 game yet. [May 2003, p.89]
  13. Superior to the Xbox version in every way... Massively enjoyable yet enormously painful, Splinter Cell is a serious game whose brilliant realism should shake up a few complacent gamers. [PS2 MAX]
  14. With some very well laid out levels, solid gameplay, and nice functional visuals, PS2 owners are presented with a fantastic title worthy of a place in their library.
  15. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    88
    The excellent stealth gameplay, tangible sense of danger, and believable scenario (take that, "MGS2") render this a must-play experience. [May 2003, p.120]
  16. Game Informer
    85
    The graphics, while inferior overall compared to the Xbox version, benefit from added effects such as enhanced heat distribution, reflective surfaces, and focus blurring. [Apr 2003, p.82]
  17. You'll have a great time experimenting with and effectively using Sam Fisher's variety of moves and gadgets, and the game's big missions should provide a significant challenge.
  18. Half the fun came from picking out each light in an area before flipping on the night vision and having some fun with any gullible goons.
  19. Good game, Good graphics. Not as good as "Metal Gear Solid 2." Not enough content. Kind of short.
  20. This is an above-average port that tries to compensate for its reduced difficulty and average visuals with minor improvements (new level, binoculars, etc.) that have dumbed-down the XBox version’s stealth-reliant gameplay a little bit.
  21. GMR Magazine
    80
    Textures are muddier, the framerate is choppier, lighting effects are faked (faked well, but hey), and the image quality isn't as clean. [May 2003, p.71]
  22. If this game were any more realistic, you'd have to hold in your farts.

Awards & Rankings

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#27 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
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#34 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 99 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 99
  2. Negative: 13 out of 99
  1. Aug 19, 2016
    8
    Esto no es un Metal gear (que me encantan) aca hay que ser sigiloso en serio, usar las sombras y disparar solo cuando sea necesario. GranEsto no es un Metal gear (que me encantan) aca hay que ser sigiloso en serio, usar las sombras y disparar solo cuando sea necesario. Gran juego, que para ser de PS2 se ve bastante bien. Full Review »
  2. Apr 10, 2016
    7
    This is normal game . Sam Fisher one of the best characters from stealth games . Splinter Cell is a good series and this game too . This gameThis is normal game . Sam Fisher one of the best characters from stealth games . Splinter Cell is a good series and this game too . This game release on april 2003 on PS2 . Splinter Cell series similar to MGS series , but MGS series better than Splinter Cell series . First game in Splinter Cell series has got good graphics for 2002-2003 , amazing storyline and excellent gameplay . 7/10 Full Review »
  3. Nov 25, 2013
    7
    This game was ok, but I would not get all hippy and jippy about it its just a decent game. Way to difficult for me so I did not really get toThis game was ok, but I would not get all hippy and jippy about it its just a decent game. Way to difficult for me so I did not really get to experience it well... Full Review »